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Poll: What do you do when you approach a yellow light?

Slow down 33 (35%)
Speed up! 23 (25%)
Go right on through (kiss your hand and slap the ceiling) 18 (19%)
I can't drive 15 (16%)
I'm color blind 4 (4%)
   Discussion: What do you do when you approach a yellow light?
nate... · 15 years, 9 months ago
Yellow = Hurry up!

:D
Andrea Krause · 15 years, 9 months ago
I tend to slow down. Unless I'm close enough that I can't stop, then I speed up. But I'm usually in no big rush to make it through the light. Big whup. :)

When I was young we called it "squeezing a lemon" when you raced through the intersection on the yellow light and avoided the red. I told this to George in Seattle while driving with him and he named the running the red light "popping a cherry" :)
sheryls Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
so going through a green light is like squashing a white grape?
Andrea Krause Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
Ummm...juicing a lime? :)
John J. Ryan Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
You're all making me hungry.
renita Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
mmm. lime.
renita Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
Like Andrea, I slow down and stop...
(very important part of that option that was missed by the by, "I slow down and CRUISE on through")
... unless it's unsafe to do so, but if I am going through, I scratch the roof.
nate... Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
How do you scratch the roof? Is your car soooo tall it hits the light?
lawrence · 15 years, 9 months ago
I wonder... "What the hell is this yellow light doing here?" if I'm not driving at the time.
John J. Ryan Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
Somehow I hear that in my mind as a Fingertip.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 15 years, 9 months ago
I try to do what I was taught was correct, that is to stop if you can do so safely and without slamming on your breaks, otherwise go through it.
John J. Ryan · 15 years, 9 months ago
If I'm driving the speed limit or faster, and I feel I have to break hard to stop for the red light, I will just keeping going. Rather run the light then break hard and possibly spin out or put stress on your brakes. Yellow lights tend to last longer if the speed limit is higher.

In NYC, I break for ALL yellow lights if I can help it in any way. This is because some intersections have cameras in them. If you go through a red light, a camera will take your picture. And you get a hefty fine that you can't fight. No questions asked.
Michael (foof) Maki · 15 years, 9 months ago
I regularly piss people off when I drive in Chicago because I stop for yellow lights. Apparently the yellows are longer here than in Minnesota, or something.
Paul D. Beasi · 15 years, 9 months ago
"I watched you very carefully. Red light stop. Green light go. Yellow light go very fast."

(hear it)
J · 15 years, 9 months ago
In Toronto a yellow light means absolutly nothing and a red means 3-5 people can go through
John J. Ryan Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
In NJ, a red light is merely a suggestion.
no one Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
Sydney is like that too. Confronted with a red light we see it as a green one that has inexplicably blushed.

If I got a dollar for every time I thought I was cutting it a bit fine, only to notice several other vehicles follow through behind me, I'd be able to afford getting around in a piloted helicopter.
nate... Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
As the old saying goes... "No cop, no stop."
goovie is married! · 15 years, 9 months ago
"what does a yellow light mean?"
"slow down!"

"whaaat doooes aaa yellooow liiiight meeean?"
"slow down!"

"whaaaaaaaat doooooooes aaaaaaa yellooooooooow liiiiiight meeeeaaaaannnnnn?"

etc.
um. yeah. anyone who knows the reference gets careypoints. and the responsibility of convincing the rest that i'm not on crack. :)
jaye Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
heee :)

...

wait. too much responsibility. i do not know what you are talking about.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
Do I really need to prove that I know it?

Well for the benefit of the unenlightened, it is from Taxi. Jim is taking is written part of the driving test and he tries to cheat by asking. The above is the dialogue that ensued.
goovie is married! Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
i believe it's up there as getting one of the longest laughs in tv history.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
I guess I should bring up the longest last in Radio History. It was on the Jack Benny show and is all about timing and character.

Thief: Your Money or your life
(long pause)
Thief : Well?
Benny: I'm thinking...
(laughter for several minutes)
jaye Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
hee! i love jack benny. i remember that, though not (obviously) from the original broadcast :P
goovie is married! Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
at the broadcasting museum in the chicago cultural center, they have an exhibit of "jack benny's vault." you step inside it and all these alarms go off. they also have one of fibber mcgee's closet.

um. yeah. how about those yellow traffic lights?
Agent Scully Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
Is the Mary Tyler Moore ep with Chuckles the Clown dying next for laughs? That's another one that had me on the floor. :D
goovie is married! Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
it should be. brilliant episode.
i need to start using my georgia engel icon again.
Agent Scully Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
i watched that episode one night at 2 in the morning. No matter how many times I've seen it, it gives me a belly laugh! :D

*cough*taxi*cough*
ChrisChin is Getting Old Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
Yay Jim Ignakowski!! (is that how you spell it?) Hee...Christopher Lloyd at his best! :)
jaye · 15 years, 9 months ago
if you don't step on the brake at the light you might break something.

okay? okay.
Misch · 15 years, 9 months ago
In my new Honda Civic Hybrid, I see a yellow llight and say "ooh! a chance to slow down and recharge the IMA."

'course I'm just a geek like that.
dave "buh" · 15 years, 9 months ago
emilie is CRANKY Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
heh. trust you. *thwap* :D
sheryls Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
ha - i was just about to post, "can we talk about boobs some more?"
Jeffs D (a.k.a Devon) · 15 years, 9 months ago
eh?
Rachel Beck · 15 years, 9 months ago
Someone in choir told me once that going through a yellow light -- if you remember to kiss your hand, touch the ceiling, then the dashboard, and still make it through the intersection before the light turns red -- is good for 15 minutes of sex. Even though I've lost track of my minutes (and have no current opportunity to cash them in), it's reflex for me now. Makes passengers nervous.
nate... Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
That's one I've never heard.
Is that what's being reference in this poll?
Cuz that option just had me baffled.
Andrea Krause Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
I knew a lot of people in high school that did it. And my sister. I never really did. Mostly because by the time I actually drove I had no actual friends to be in the car with me. And I can't imagine doing it alone. :)
John J. Ryan · 15 years, 9 months ago
Has anyone else heard of this term? Where if you come to an intersection, usually in a rural area, and no one is around for miles, you go ahead and disregard the red light?
nate... Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
Never heard the term... but I do that*. :)

*As long as there's no camera.

jaye Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
"usually in a rural area"?

bwahahaha.

*ahem*

i haven't heard that, actually, but i hear "california stop" all the time, which is a rolling pause - not even a pause, an idea of a pause, maybe - at an intersection.
Andrea Krause Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
[cher] I totally paused! [/cher]
renita Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
okay I also have to laugh at the "and no one is around for miles"

here in vancouver if someone is in the right turn lane with a red light in front of them and I have a walk signal... I almost expect them to try and run me down as they california roll.

though we tend to call it a california stop as well.

in fact, I'd say it's the norm rather than the exception here; it drives me NUTS.
Beth · 15 years, 9 months ago
That color blind option is kind of unnecessary. I have two color blind relatives, and they both drive. They just remember the order of the lights, so, yeah, they do know which one is yellow.
Rhi: so confused Back · 15 years, 9 months ago
i knew a guy who was color blind and he just memorized the order. but then in wisconsin, the stop lights are horizontal and he got confused and would run red lights all the time.

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